I know there are a number of contributing factors, but I am absolutely devastated by this news: same-sex marriage ban amendment passes the House.
Tonight I'll try to get all of my tears out, because the fight starts tomorrow. And it will rage on until November 2012.
How did this happen? How did Minnesota, this bastion of progressiveness, come to the point where we're going to vote to write bigotry into our state constitution? Let me remind you: it's already illegal for people of the same sex to marry in Minnesota. The reasoning behind this constitutional amendment? The current crop of GOP legislators don't want subsequent lawmakers or "activist judges" to overturn that law.
I've seen lots of "let the people vote," bullshit and "this is how the system works," nonsense. You morons realize that the legislature and court system are part of the system, right? And letting the people vote? I can't even begin to address that ridiculousness. First, we elected you to do this shit. Don't fucking cop out now, you motherfucking douchebags. Second, who knows where we'd be if bigots were allowed to vote on their bigotry for the last 50-60 years or so? For fuck's sake, almost half of Republicans in Mississippi think interracial marriage should be illegal. IT'S 2011 FOR FUCK'S SAKE.
There's little solace tonight in knowing these cowardly assholes will be judged to be on the wrong side of history. But it's all I've got, so I'll hold on to that.